Vertical Express for MS

Lose altitude, but gain funds.

 SAT, 2/12

Most signatures collected on a butt in two minutes: sixteen, Graham Ramsay. Most swear words on a Scrabble board: 22, Bart Scott. Longest continuous reading of Danielle Steel novels (complete books only): sixteen hours, fourteen minutes, Millie Chappell.

These adventurers, cited by Guinness World Records, pushed themselves to extraordinary lengths simply for bragging rights -- and in the case of the autographed butt, probably a beer or two. Today, Vertical Express for MS offers an opportunity to help set two new world records for a far better cause.

 
Rob Ullman
 

The folks at the Heuga Center, an Edwards-based MS charity, hope to set the world record for the largest on-snow fundraising event, with activities and donation stations at twenty resorts across the country, including a dozen in Colorado. At Vail, Olympians and other celebrity snow riders will attempt to set a record for covering the most vertical feet on snow in a single day.

In 1985, fourteen years after he was diagnosed with MS, Olympic skier Jimmy Heuga and ten friends set a world record at the first Snow Express by skiing one million vertical feet over 24 hours to raise money to establish the Heuga Center. "The Snow Express grew through the tremendous support of thousands of great people over the years, and we see this twentieth anniversary as a perfect opportunity to take it to the next level," says Bob Gardner, chairman of the Heuga Center board.

To register or donate, or for more information, go to www.verticalexpress.org. -- Shara Rutberg

All-Star Watch
A savvy program collector can slam-dunk some cash.

Like a fine wine, NBA All-Star Game programs only get better with age. Well, a little bit better. A stroll down memory lane with Bill's Sports Collectibles' compilation of past programs proves that although the buzz may die when the NBA leaves town, the glory lives on -- in the back rooms of sports souvenir shops. A walk through Bill's emporium, at 2335 South Broadway, reveals that a program from the 1984 All-Star game in Denver may have cost a few bucks, sure, but now that baby goes for $30! Now, that's a solid return. Consider that a program from the 1976 ABA All-Star Game in Denver -- when Dr. J squared off against David Thompson at halftime in what was unofficially the first slam-dunk competition ever -- that's in fair condition probably cost a few quarters back then. Now? Try $50 to $75. Man, that's sweet.

So go ahead and buy your kid the collector's glossy for the 2005 NBA All-Star-Game, because you never know when that fruit will ripen. -- Adam Cayton-Holland

 
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